WSU to take on Bears in Berkeley

Bears look to break losing streak against Cougars at home

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AMAECHI MORDI

The women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against UT Arlington on Sept. 13 at Bohler Gym.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

WSU’s volleyball team could only celebrate for a few hours after beating the Huskies on Wednesday night as head coach Jen Greeny wanted to prepare early for a quick turnaround trip to Berkeley, California.

The Cougars (12-1, 1-0 Pac-12) will look to add on to their 11-match win against No. 21 University of California (10-1, 0-1 Pac-12) this Saturday.

The match be the second conference match for both teams this season.

WSU enters the match after defeating No. 8 University of Washington in four sets on Wednesday. Head coach Jen Greeny said she was ecstatic for her young team after the win against their in-state rivals.

“It was their first real taste of what Pac-12 volleyball really is,” Greeny said. “They responded really well.”

She said Cal is a fantastic team and her squad will need to connect offensively better for their first conference test on the road this season.

Cal will look to rebound after losing to No. 1 Stanford at home Thursday.

Redshirt freshman setter Hannah Pukis said the young team sent a message that they are here to play after Wednesday’s win. Pukis had no playing time for the Cougars last season along with 10 of her teammates.

“It definitely sets the precedent for the season, we’re more confident,” Pukis said.

Greeny said freshmen like Alexcis Lusby and Magda Jehlárová have stepped up in the preseason and their impacts are impressive. Their contributions continued to conference play as they both recorded 10 kills against the Huskies.

She said starting against the Huskies and then going to Cal is a tough way to start their season and her team needs to play clean and put pressure on other teams from the serving line.

“Welcome to the Pac-12,” Greeny said.

WSU lost both matches in four sets to Cal last season. The Cougars are 7-29 all-time against the Golden Bears. This season, the two teams will only face off once.

The match starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California.